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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
The Francis Holland School
Historic Francis Holland School moves into the pub next door.
Location: 5 Ivor Place, Marylebone, NW1 6DY
Description: The Francis Holland School operate two separate independent day schools for girls in Central London. Founded in 1878 by the Reverend Canon Francis Holland, and opened in Baker Street where it remained until 1915. The School then transferred to a new purpose built site near Clarence Gate.
The school has a memorable motto That Our Daughters May Be As The Polished Corners Of The Temple
Former pupils include Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, actress Amanda Donohoe, model Cara Delevingne, model Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer Tamara Ecclestone, TV presenter
Emilia Fox, actress Joyce Grenfell, actress Sienna Miller, novelist and biographer Nancy Mitford, and violinist Vanessa-Mae.
Author Jackie Collins OBE attended and when her teachers discovered her selling her self-penned dirty limericks to fellow pupils at a penny a time, and instalments of her passionate saga Letters from Bobby, Jackie was asked to leave. I was finally expelled after they caught me smoking behind a tree on the lacrosse pitch, she wrote in her autobiography.